sand: green sugar sprinkles (we currently have green sand in our classroom so this worked out great!)
drift wood: pretzel twists
sea shells: mini colored marshmallows
fish: goldfish crackers
whales: Whale crackers
life preservers: fruit loops
octopus: gummy octopus
"stuff" that washes up on the beach: dried banana
and my most favorite...
beach pebbles: chocolate rocks
Check out how cool these rocks are! They look so real. The kids thought I was nuts when I ate one.
Here are some pictures of the finished product. Notice how different student displayed their differently.
This is a close up of the octopus!
You could do so much with it. you could graph it, sort it, 1:1 correspondence, make up a story about what you found on the beach using the trail mix for props.
Let me know if you use this and what you do with it. I would love to hear other people's ideas!